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The Lynch Mob Continues

By Matthew Yglesias

"The Lynch Mob Continues"

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It seems that Sarah Palin doesn’t just inspire her supporters to hurl racial slurs, her quote doctoring is inspiring those foolish enough to believe her to ever-higher levels of Obama hatred:

“[Obama] said, too, that our troops in Afghanistan are ‘air raiding villages and killing civilians,’” Palin said, mischaracterizing a 2007 remark by Obama. “I hope Americans know that is not what our brave men and women in uniform are doing in Afghanistan. The U.S. military is fighting terrorism and protecting us and protecting our freedom.”

Shortly afterward, a male member of the crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, yelled “treason!” loudly enough to be picked up by television microphones.

Palin and McCain can’t be held responsible for the fact that racists are part of their base, but now she has people thinking Barack Obama is a traitor purely because she’s misleading them into thinking them that he is. This is on her.

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